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Furfura Sharif cleric Abbas Siddiqui's ISF not to oppose AIMIM in Bengal polls

 The Indian Secular Front (ISF) of Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui, an influential cleric of Furfura Sharif Dargah in West Bengal's Hooghly on Tuesday (February 23) said that his party will not oppose Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM in the upcoming West Bengal elections.
 

Bengal election Furfura Sharif cleric Abbas Siddiqui's ISF not to oppose AIMIM in Bengal polls-dbr
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West Bengal, First Published Feb 24, 2021, 11:19 AM IST
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The Indian Secular Front (ISF) of Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui, an influential cleric of Furfura Sharif Dargah in West Bengal's Hooghly on Tuesday (February 23) said that his party will not oppose Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM in the upcoming West Bengal elections.

Abbas Siddiqui said, “Asaduddin Owaisi came to our darbar sharif. We have told him that we are standing with him. We have decided that wherever Asad Sahab's party will contest we should not field candidates. It is important to support him.”

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When asked about joining Asaduddin Owaisi’s first public meeting in Bengal on February 25, Siddiqui said, "I received a call regarding the same but we have a scheduled program that is why I cannot participate. We welcome Asad Sahab in Bengal."

Meanwhile, Abbas Siddiqui has joined the Congress-Left alliance for the upcoming Assembly polls in Bengal. 

"We have submitted our list of 70-80 seats. We will support the Left-Congress wherever they will contest. If our demands are not met, we will contest alone,” Siddiqui said.

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However, the alliance between ISF and Left-Congress might upset Owaisi who during his visit to West Bengal last month met Siddiqui and declared his support to the ISF.

Legislative Assembly elections for 294 seats of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly are likely to be held in April-May this year. 

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